MAN CITY 2 (Alvaro Negredo 99, Edin Dzeko 105)
Newcastle United crashed out of the League Cup yesterday morning (Singapore time), losing 0-2 at home to Manchester City.
In an existence that seems to be punctuated with one catastrophe after another, it barely even registered with the home fans.
They have bigger problems than losing football matches.
They have Mike Ashley.
Ashley has reigned unrivalled and unquestioned at St James' Park for just over six years.
In that time, he has employed and, in most cases dismissed, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer, Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew.
He has been relegated from the Premier League.
He has changed the name of the stadium to match his sportswear business.
He has undermined the power structure by returning Kinnear to his court as director of football.
In all of that time, with all of that upheaval and uncertainty, Newcastle are essentially in the same position that he found them: Mid-table.